MEDINA – Students, parents and teachers in the Buckeye School District staged a rally Monday evening. They called it a last gasp effort to convince voters in the district to approve a tax levy.
District voters have not approved a levy since 1994 and district administrators have made severe cuts over the years, including no bus transportation for high school students.
If voters reject a levy on Tuesday, more cuts will follow. They include no recess, and no art, music and physical education in elementary school. The district would move to a minimum school day, meaning classes would end at 1:30 pm. Fifty seven staff members have been told their positions would cut or their hours reduced.
“We have a plan in place that is quite severe for our community and for our schools if this levy fails. So it is critical to the future existence of our school district,” said Superintendent Brian Williams.
Student Anessa Rogers told Fox 8 News, “I’ve never seen anything like this for the levy and I am glad to see it. It is like family. That’s what “We are Buckeye” is about, coming together as a community and supporting our schools.”
Voters did approve a bond issue for repairs and to build a new elementary school twelve years ago, but that money cannot legally be used for salaries and services.